Nov. 16, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Temple did something no other team was able to accomplish this season --beat Duquesne on its home court.
The fifth-seeded Owls pulled the minor upset, defeating No. 4 Duquesne 3-2 (19-25, 25-10, 25-19, 17-25, 15-10) Friday in the second quarterfinal of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championship at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Temple advances to face top-seeded Dayton Saturday at 3:30 pm in Saturday’s first semifinal.
The Dukes went 13-0 this season on their home court, an advantage for the A-10 Championship, which Duquesne is hosting. DU also beat the Owls 3-0 in the regular season meeting in the Palumbo Center. Temple (19-10) overcame both disadvantages to secure the tournament win.
One team was dominant in each set, with no set being decided by less than six points. Temple won sets two and three along with the decisive set five.
All Conference First Team selection Arielle Love had a strong offensive performance for the Dukes, tallying 18 kills and a match high .424 hitting percentage, but it was the Temple offense that proved to be the difference. Three Owls tallied double-digit kills, including Elyse Burkert, who had match-high 19 kills. Gabriella Matautia and Jingyu Zhang each had 17 kills with Zhang hitting at a .368 clip.
The Duquesne defense kept busy all night, with five players recording double-digit digs, led by Allison Foschia’s 23. Foschia had a double-double also, recording 12 kills. Six DU players had at least one block to total 11 team blocks, led by seven from Taylor Lockett. Libero of the Year, Temple’s Chelsea Tupuola had 33 digs to pace the Temple defense.
Both teams hit the ball well, each with two sets with a team hitting percentage over .300.
Duquesne ends the season at 22-11.